It’s a very special Who-niversary, and you can celebrate with Titan Comics!

2021 marks the 25th anniversary of Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor, as well as the 11th anniversary of Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor. So, why not bring the two together for an all-new adventure?

Doctor Who: Empire of the Wolf will find these two Doctors teaming up with none other than Rose Tyler to defeat the tyrannical rule of the warmongering Bad Wolf Empress. 

Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor, Billie Piper as Rose Tyler, and Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor
Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor, Billie Piper as Rose Tyler, and Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor

We spoke to the series’ author, Jody Houser, about the process of bringing three huge Doctor Who characters together in this new story. 

“One of the things I wanted to do was show what happened to the alternate Rose that was left after Alternating Currents,” said Houser. “We wanted to include the Eighth Doctor because it was his anniversary, but there was room for another Doctor too. I chose Eleven because I really liked the idea of Rose interacting with the Doctor before her and the Doctor after her; the one who’s never met her and the one whose memories have started to fade a little bit.”

Both Doctors are fan favorites, with Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor remaining one of the most popular from the TV series’ revival, and Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor expanding on his one-off TV movie role to a rich world of new adventures in Titan Comics and Big Finish audio dramas. But just because they’re loved by the fandom doesn’t mean everything will be smooth sailing when they come together.

“Both Doctors are in these transition points, coming in at a point where they’ve just lost their companions. And well, we’ve seen how Eleven handled losing Amy and Rory…” hinted Houser. “It’s sort of the first time I’ve written Doctors who maybe have a little bit of ‘not getting along as well as they should.’ I thought that dynamic, as well as their interactions with Rose, would be fun to explore.”

Empire of the Wolf will carry over threads from the Eighth Doctor’s comics arc, as well as Rose’s appearance in the Tenth/Thirteenth Doctor crossover Alternating Currents. But if you haven’t read any Doctor Who comics before, don’t worry. You can still dive right into this story.

“That’s generally how the Doctor deals with things anyway, without knowing what’s going on,” joked Houser.

So, channel your inner Doctor, roll with some unknowns, and just have fun.

Doctor Who: Empire of the Wolf comes from writer Houser, illustrator Roberta Ingranata and colorist Enrica Eren Angiolini. The first issue includes four variant covers, which you can see below, and releases November 2021.

More Doctor Who Debuts!

The first issue of Empire of the Wolf releases digitally and in comic shops November 17.

And of course, the latest season of the TV series recently premiered October 31. Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor returns for her third and final season, so don’t miss it!

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